Yes, I Can Love My Country and Be Ashamed of It

As many Americans, I have struggled with trying to find a sense of meaning in what happened on Election Day this week. And while I still have no answer at all that could possibly begin to explain what I feel is a certain madness from my fellow citizens, I do…

When It’s About Death, Memory and My Friend

There are some things you don’t get better at with age and one of those things is knowing how to handle death. Even though we might think we know all the right answers by now, Death always has the upper hand. It doesn’t matter how many articles I’ve read on the…

Keep Today’s Happy Thoughts For When Days Go Bad

My mentor teacher gave me some terrific advice that really didn’t have anything to do with teaching before I began my first year.  It had to do with surviving which really, when it comes down to it, is what a new teacher needs to hear right before the first day…

Can You Win By Losing? Sometimes, Yes

I’m thrilled to have Rachel Thompson back for another guest post to discuss her experience with the naysayers who tried to keep her from writing. You can read my post on the same topic on her website here.    Your writing isn’t fit for publication.  You need to stick to…

Branding 101 For Authors: What you Need to Know

Guest post by Rachel Thompson of BadRedheadMedia By Rachel Thompson Today I want to discuss a basic concept that seems to confuse most authors: branding. Branding sounds like one of those scary, nebulous marketing terms that threatens to suck out your soul or turn you into The Borg. It’s not. Branding really…

Let Me Tell You a Secret

#Reverb15: Day 11 Muriel Rukeyser once wrote: The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. And I could not agree more. Our stories are our own but, in sharing them, they become universal. And timeless. What stories touched you this year? Which stories of your own are you glad you shared?…